What language is this?

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Re: What language is this?

Postby Talib » Tue 15 Sep 2009 9:38 pm

Cherokee converted to Islam? Do you mean to say Wauhillau LaHay was a Muslim?

I think based on the context this is most likely their name in the version of the Arabic script which was used for Malay at one point (Jawi).
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Re: What language is this?

Postby formiko » Wed 16 Sep 2009 2:14 am

I'm Cherokee, and the /au/ sound is extremely rare in Cherokee. I can't think of a word off the top of my head that has it. The closest think to that word I can think of that could be a native name is walela, which is very comon, and means hummigbird. wahuhi is owl.

But Wahi Lau is Hawaiian for place of leaves...are you positive they were Cherokee?
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Re: What language is this?

Postby Sobekhotep » Wed 16 Sep 2009 4:40 am

formiko wrote:I'm Cherokee, and the /au/ sound is extremely rare in Cherokee. I can't think of a word off the top of my head that has it. The closest think to that word I can think of that could be a native name is walela, which is very comon, and means hummigbird. wahuhi is owl.

But Wahi Lau is Hawaiian for place of leaves...are you positive they were Cherokee?

I did a Google search and found an article which claims that "wauhillau" means "eagle" in Cherokee. Is this true? Or perhaps it's something similar?
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Re: What language is this?

Postby kaenif » Wed 16 Sep 2009 1:59 pm

Sobekhotep wrote:
formiko wrote:I'm Cherokee, and the /au/ sound is extremely rare in Cherokee. I can't think of a word off the top of my head that has it. The closest think to that word I can think of that could be a native name is walela, which is very comon, and means hummigbird. wahuhi is owl.

But Wahi Lau is Hawaiian for place of leaves...are you positive they were Cherokee?

I did a Google search and found an article which claims that "wauhillau" means "eagle" in Cherokee. Is this true? Or perhaps it's something similar?

I also found a place called Wauhillau in Oklahoma.
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Re: What language is this?

Postby linguoboy » Wed 16 Sep 2009 4:07 pm

Sobekhotep wrote:I did a Google search and found an article which claims that "wauhillau" means "eagle" in Cherokee. Is this true? Or perhaps it's something similar?

It could be a nonstandard transcription. The dictionaries I consulted had (a)wahili/(a)wohali.
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Re: What language is this?

Postby formiko » Wed 16 Sep 2009 10:29 pm

Actually, eagle is uwóhili ᎤᏬᎯᎵ, or sometimes awóhili ᎠᏬᎯᎵ.

The town in Oklahome probably is Cherokee. Or it may be one of the many languages in Oklahoma. I think Eastern Oklahoma has Osage and Pawnee people as well. But, most Indian names are butchered anyway.
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